I have just been back from almost a 20 days trip from Europe, and the most frequently asked questions I get are, “How do you get to travel so much?” and “Which are the cheapest foreign destinations to travel from India?”. “are there any destinations that you can travel under 20,000 or 30,000 INR from India?” and many more budget travel questions. I know you, too, like me, would be feeling the itch to explore new destinations but don’t want to break the bank. Well, you’re in luck! As a seasoned traveller, I’ve discovered several destinations that you can travel to for under 20,000 INR from India. These destinations offer a wide range of experiences, from vibrant cities to tropical paradises. So, let’s dive in and explore some of these fantastic destinations together that would give you the experience of doing international trips under 30k from India! And many of these foreign trips are not only cheap from India, but they even allow you to travel visa-free or have easy visa procedures like visa-on-arrival or e-visa.
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First up, Kathmandu, Nepal, is one of the most economical destinations to make a foreign trip under 25000 from India, and you don’t even need a visa to visit Nepal. As a lover of the Himalayas, ancient temples and vibrant streets, I was immediately drawn to the charm of this neighbouring country. The historic temples are a sight to behold, and the markets are always bustling with energy. The food is good too, and the people are really nice. Plus, with an average cost of a round-trip flight to Kathmandu from India being around 10,000 INR, it’s an affordable destination to visit. Kathmandu is also very convenient for doing day tours to Bhaktapur, Panauti and Nagarkot (the sunrise is to die for). Once you are in Kathmandu, you can explore other parts of Nepal on a budget, such as Lumbini, Chitwan, Pokhara and even Everest Base Camp.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
If you are tight on budget, you can do a trip under 30,000 In Sri Lanka.
If you are looking for international tour packages under 20000 with a flight, then Colombo in Sri Lanka could be another good option. As someone who loves a good beach, Sri Lanka’s lush forests and beautiful beaches immediately caught my attention. The capital city, Colombo, is a perfect blend of modern and traditional culture. The hotels and restaurants are top-notch. It’s also the gateway to other popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, such as Kandy and Galle. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Colombo from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s an excellent budget-friendly option for travellers. When in Colombo, don’t forget to visit the famous landmarks such as Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Racecourse, Planetarium, University of Colombo, Mount Lavinia Beach, Dehiwala Zoological Garden, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, One Galle Face, Gangaramaya Temple, Dutch Museum, Colombo Lotus Tower and the National Museum. A trip to Sri Lanka would be incomplete without visiting its coast, Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya, Adams Peak, tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, getting up close to gentle giants at Yalla National Park, and going whale watching at Mirissa.
Thailand is a super popular destination among budget travellers from India to visit under 25000. If you’re looking for a vibrant city with a mix of modern and traditional cultures, Bangkok, Thailand, is the place to be. The street food, lively night markets, and magnificent temples are sure to leave you in awe. Bangkok is also an excellent base to explore other parts of Thailand, such as Chiang Mai or Phuket. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Bangkok from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s an affordable option for budget travellers. You can do your entire international trip top Thailand for under 40k from India. Flying from Kolkata to Bangkok at times works out cheaper than local flights within India
Phuket is another Thai destination that’s perfect for budget travellers. If you plan well in advance and look for good deals on MakeMyTrip, Agoda, Yatra, and Booking, you can get international trips to Phuket for under 30k from India. The island is home to stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious street food. Whether you’re looking to party or just relax on the beach, Phuket is a destination that won’t disappoint. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Phuket from India being around 12,000 INR, it’s an affordable option for travellers. In the off-season, neither you get crowded beaches nor expensive flights. I travelled to Phuket in June, and it was the perfect time to explore the place at ease and within my budget. You can read more details about Phuket here.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is another vibrant city with a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures. The Petronas Twin Towers are an iconic sight to see, and the street food is delicious. Kuala Lumpur is also a gateway to other popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, such as Penang and Langkawi. With the average cost of a round-trip flight to Kuala Lumpur from India being around 12,000 INR, it’s an excellent budget-friendly option for travellers. Also, when you visit Kuala Lumpur, you can extend your trip to either going to Selangor or Kota Kinabalu.
Bali is a tropical paradise that’s home to beautiful beaches, cascading waterfalls, lush rice fields, huge volcanoes, beautiful mountains and ancient temples. The island is known for its unique culture and welcoming locals, as well as its delicious food. Whether you’re looking to surf, hike, or just relax on the beach, Bali has something for every type of traveller. Most tourists stick to its southern part, but I found its northern part more stunning and peaceful. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Bali from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s a budget-friendly option for travellers. The villas, food, transportation, and everything is pretty economical in Blai, and the culture is quite similar to Indian culture.
Dubai, UAE, may be known for its extravagance and luxury, but it’s possible to visit the city on a budget. As someone who loves to explore historic neighbourhoods and shops, Dubai has it all. There are several free and affordable activities to do in Dubai, such as visiting the Dubai Mall or exploring the historic Al Fahidi neighbourhood. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Dubai from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s an excellent option for budget travellers. And, in summer, the tickets are pretty cheap, and the city is less crowded as compared to winter.
If you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise, the Maldives is the perfect destination for you. The crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and abundant marine life are truly breathtaking. And it’s possible to visit the Maldives on a budget. There are several affordable guesthouses and local islands that offer a more authentic Maldivian experience. With the average cost of a round-trip flight to the Maldives from India being around 20,000 INR, it’s a great option for budget travellers. Though the Maldives is not solo-travel friendly and is considered an expensive romantic destination, there are ample budget guest house options available too. You can often get a great package deal (flight and hotel) if you book in advance.
Singapore is a modern city-state with a blend of cultures and attractions. The futuristic architecture, delicious street food, and excellent shopping are sure to leave you in awe. Singapore is also a gateway to other popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, such as Bali and Vietnam. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Singapore from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s an excellent budget-friendly option for travellers. Although the city is pretty expensive when it comes to travel, stay and food. But some of the iconic sightseeing places are free of cost.
If you’re looking for a Middle Eastern adventure, Muscat, Oman, is an excellent destination to consider. The city is known for its stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, and rich culture. It’s also a gateway to explore other parts of Oman, such as the beautiful mountainous region of Jebel Akhdar or the historic city of Nizwa. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Muscat from India being around 10,000 INR, it’s a great option for budget travellers.
Hanoi, Vietnam, is the next destination on our list. As someone who loves exploring historic sites and trying new foods, Hanoi immediately caught my attention. The city is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, affordable shopping and delicious street food. It’s also a gateway to explore other parts of Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa or the ancient city of Hue. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Hanoi from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s a fantastic budget-friendly option for travellers.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Located in Southeast Asia, Laos is known for its stunning natural beauty, ancient temples, and laid-back vibe. When I visited Laos in 2020, I was taken aback by its beauty and how economical it was. I definitely found it to be one of the cheapest foreign destinations from India. Although Vientiane is the capital city of Laos I spent more time in Luang Prabang. My favourite and one of the top attractions in Laos is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. This ancient city is filled with beautiful temples, charming cafes, and a night market that’s not to be missed. Other must-visit destinations in Laos include the Kuang Si Waterfalls, the Mekong River, and the Plain of Jars. Plus, the food in Laos is delicious and incredibly affordable, making it easy to eat well on a budget. Vientiane, the capital city is a charming destination with a mix of French and Lao architecture, making it a unique place to explore.
With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Laos from India being around 18,000 INR, it’s a great option for travellers looking to explore Southeast Asia without breaking the bank.
So if you’re looking for a unique and affordable destination, consider adding Laos to your list of must-visit places. It’s a hidden gem that’s waiting to be discovered!
Last but not least, Yangon, Myanmar, is a hidden gem in Southeast Asia. The city is known for its beautiful pagodas, vibrant street markets, and delicious food. It’s also a gateway to explore other parts of Myanmar, such as the ancient city of Bagan or the beautiful Inle Lake. With an average cost of a round-trip flight to Yangon from India being around 15,000 INR, it’s an affordable option for budget travellers.
In conclusion, there are several cheapest foreign destinations from India that you can travel to for under 20,000 INR. Each of these destinations offers a unique experience and is perfect for budget travellers who want to explore something new without breaking the bank. So, whether you’re looking to explore historic temples in Nepal, indulge in delicious street food in Hanoi, or relax on white sandy beaches in the Maldives, there’s a destination out there for you. So pack your bags and embark on your next budget-friendly adventure today!